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Tips for avoiding nitrate poisoning

Under normal circumstances, plants take up nitrogen in the form of nitrate; it is converted to ammonia, which is incorporated into plant protein.

Cattle convert the nitrate from plants to nitrite, which, in turn, is converted to ammonia and used by microbes in the rumen to make protein.

However, with fall comes frost—and with frost comes disrupted plant growth that can lead to nitrate accumulation in the plant and potential toxic effects to livestock.

If not managed correctly, nitrate poisoning can be fatal.

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